Carnegie Community Space delights locals

Published: 8 Dec 2021

Locals enjoying the outdoor Carnegie Community Space

Please note: Images in this article were taken before current COVID-19 safety measures were in place.

On the site of a disused furniture warehouse, something magical has taken shape in the heart of Carnegie.

From outdoor movies, local trader markets, music and dance - all forms of arts and culture will be hosted in this newly transformed community space.

Designed as a spacious and green area with ample seating and car parking nearby, local businesses are already excited about its potential.

Tessa Clark is manager of Saul’s Sandwiches nearby, an emerging local icon that’s reminiscent of New York diners and delis. She believes the community space is the perfect setting to host a variety of events.

“It’s a great place to hold a community event such as a market to showcase small businesses or an outdoor cinema night where local traders can provide food and drinks,” she said.

“The space is also a really good size – it’s not too big and it’s not too small.”

General view of people enjoying the Carnegie Community Space

Located at 296-298 Neerim Road, the space is conveniently close to Carnegie Library and Koornang Road shopping strip.

“It’s located in a great spot that is away from the hustle and bustle of the main street but still close enough that people can easily access it, and it is much safer,” Tessa said.

“I’m a local as well so I use this space myself and bring my nephew here, along with my sister. He absolutely loves running around here and we all can’t wait until there is an event on.”

Construction on the space was completed in August and Glen Eira City Council Mayor Jim Magree said its potential is endless.

“We look forward to working with the council to organise many activities from local dancing and music groups, local schools, artists, cultural entertainment celebrations, senior citizens’ activities, gardening demonstrations and movie nights just to name a few,” he said.

Local tradesperson Jamel Zaydan recently enjoyed an afternoon break with a sandwich in hand at Carnegie Community Space.

“This is the first time I’ve sat in this park and it’s enjoyable,” he said. “It’s a fantastic community space for people to come, unwind and relax during their lunch break.

“I think it’s great to see the Victorian Government investing in something like this.”

The Carnegie Community Space was supported by the Government’s Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund and Glen Eira Council.

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